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Meaning of 画蛇添足

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huà shé tiān (Trad.: 畫蛇添足)
lit. draw legs on a snake (idiom); fig. to ruin the effect by adding sth superfluous; to overdo it
Example Sentences
1
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DON'T paint a snake with legs, the Chinese will say, when someone is in danger of spoiling something by overdoing it.
2
But if policymakers fear they have added legs to the snake, they will lift these measures as quickly as they imposed them.
3
That' s the story of "Draw a snake and add feet to it."
4
For such a beautiful girl, to use make-up would be to gild the lily.
5
To comment upon this would be to paint the lily.